Building Learning Power
Building Learning Power (BLP) is about helping young people to become better learners, both in school and out.
It is about creating a culture in classrooms - and in the school more widely - that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.
Students who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They do better in their tests and external examinations. And they are easier and more satisfying to teach.
Building Learning Power prepares youngsters better for an uncertain future. Todays schools need to be educating not just for exam results but for lifelong learning. To thrive in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave school with a clutch of examination certificates. Students need to have learnt how to be tenacious and resourceful, imaginative and logical, self disciplined and self-aware, collaborative and inquisitive.
THREE CORE BELIEFS
- BLP believes that the core purpose of education is to prepare young people for life after school; helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social
and strategic resources to enjoy challenge and cope well with uncertainty and complexity.
- BLP believes that this purpose for education is valuable for all young people and involves helping them to discover the things that they would really
love to be great at, and strengthening their will and skill to pursue them.
- This confidence, capability and passion can be developed since real-world intelligence is something that people can be helped to build up.
These three core beliefs are particularly relevant in societies that are full of change, complexity, risk, opportunity and individual opportunity for making
your own way in life.
This challenge is nowhere near being met yet. We need to go beyond the wish lists of wider skills or key competencies. What is needed has to be seen as a gradual, sometimes challenging but hugely worthwhile process of culture change by schools and habit change by teachers.
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